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What is the Christian Wisdom Lineage?

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In April 2019 I attended a unique “retreat”, known as a Wisdom School (WS). This five-day event led by The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD and sponsored by The Contemplative Society was held at the Lake Cowichan Education Centre and filled to capacity.

THE MONK’S CELL: RITUAL AND KNOWLEDGE IN AMERICAN CONTEMPLATIVE CHRISTIANITY BY PAULA PRYCE (PART 8 OF 8)

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Excerpts from The Monk’s Cell Chapter 8: Cell The Porous Self: Community and Intersubjectivity from the Inner Room   This is the eighth and final post…
Sufi practitioners praying and turning

THE MONK’S CELL: RITUAL AND KNOWLEDGE IN AMERICAN CONTEMPLATIVE CHRISTIANITY BY PAULA PRYCE (PART 7 OF 8)

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Excerpts from The Monk’s Cell Chapter 7: Sanctuary The Person as Icon: American Contemplative Christian Ways of Knowing       Continuing with the…

Reflections on Luminous Wisdom with Cynthia Bourgeault

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I know that a significant part of how I was able to dive deep down inside during the retreat beside Cynthia, her presence, wisdom, humility, breathtaking speaking ability and humour, was because of the devoted group of seekers/participants from experienced to inexperienced that filled the room. It became apparent to me in the first full day of the retreat that we were a cohesive group with energy waves, love waves going out to each other, co-mingling, supporting each other, loving our neighbour as ourselves.

THE MONK’S CELL: RITUAL AND KNOWLEDGE IN AMERICAN CONTEMPLATIVE CHRISTIANITY BY PAULA PRYCE (PART 6 OF 8)

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Continuing with the series of excerpts from The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018), the sixth chapter, Sacristy, looks at how contemplative Christians use conscious work – the labora of Benedictine ora et labora – to cultivate contemplative attentiveness in all aspects of life.

The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity by Paula Pryce (Part 5 of 8)

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This is the fifth post from an 8-week cycle drawing excerpts from my book, The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018). Chapters five, six, and seven work together as a kind of Triduum (the three-day rite of Easter, beginning with Maundy Thursday, following with Good Friday, and concluding with the Easter Vigil).

The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity by Paula Pryce (Part 4 of 8)

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Continuing with the series of excerpts from The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018), the fourth chapter, Gate, describes the charismatic appeal of teachers and diversity within the American contemplative Christianity movement. Exploring the limits of variability in this dynamic, open-minded movement, the chapter compares the distinctive ethos - penitence and eros - of monastic and Wisdom rites for Holy Week.

The Monk's Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity by Paula Pryce (Part 3 of 8)

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Continuing with the series of excerpts from The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018), the third chapter, Grille, describes the aesthetics of the silence and interiority that help foster a distinctive, intentional way of life, and how that silence paradoxically communicates hospitality, warmth, and community.

The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity by Paula Pryce (Part 2 of 8)

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Excerpts from The Monk’s Cell Chapter 2: Antechapel photo courtesy of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist Antechapel Gathering and Grounding…

The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity Paula Pryce (part 1 of 8)

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The Monk’s Cell’s chapters are modeled on an architectural metaphor for “deepening into the divine,” similar to Teresa of Ávila’s Interior Castle. The first chapter, Portico, describes how longing for the divine draws people to contemplative Christianity.

Kamloops Contemplative Group Evolution

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Our Kamloops contemplative group has evolved through several incarnations over the years. Initially we were simply four people in our local parish who were getting together weekly to share our stories and to “pray”. That was some twenty-five years ago.

Christmas 2018 - A Fond Farewell

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A Christmas farewell from the administrator, Miranda Harvey.

From Covenants to Consciousness in the Book of Job - Part 4

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This post continues our series of bringing you more Wisdom from your fellow students of the contemplative path. We hope you will find these posts enriching,…

Reflections of a Wanderer: Unpacking the "Way of Union" Retreat

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You wander from room to room Hunting for the diamond necklace That is already around your neck ~ Rumi Wandering, hunting, seeking, yearning…sometimes…

From Covenants to Consciousness in the Book of Job - Part 3

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This post continues our series of bringing you more Wisdom from your fellow students of the contemplative path. We hope you will find these posts enriching,…

From Covenants to Consciousness in the Book of Job - Part 2

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This post continues our series of bringing you more Wisdom from your fellow students of the contemplative path. We hope you will find these posts enriching,…

From Covenants to Consciousness in the Book of Job - Part 1

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This is our second post in the continuation of our series bringing you more Wisdom from your fellow students of the contemplative path. We hope you will…

Photography as an Act of Faith

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While we have featured many guest posts in the past, we are setting the intention to bring you more Wisdom from your fellow students of the contemplative…

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